After 18 years in existence, the Gauteng Opera is staging its final concert on Sunday after its funding — a mixture of private and foreign donations — dried up. Its artistic director, Phenye Modiane, said despite producing some of the world’s best opera singers, unless it raises R1m by Sunday, the organisation will close shop. Since 2000 Gauteng Opera has developed and trained more than 150 singers, technical experts and arts administrators. It has offered opera of the highest standard while investing in young talent. "Due to the prevailing socioeconomic environment, it has proven very difficult for Gauteng Opera to raise enough funds to cover all its operational needs. So, it is with a heavy heart that the board of Gauteng Opera has resolved to shut down the company and cease all operations by March 31," the organisation said in a statement. "This has been an agonising decision, and the board and management of Gauteng Opera considered all available options and, short of a miracle w...

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